The following reads are my personal recommendations. Each of these books has had a profound impact on my life in one way or another. Pick one, you won't be disappointed.
steven kotler and Jamie wheal, 2017
Honestly, this is probably the best book I’ve read in recent memory. It’s all about flow states: the benefits, the downfalls, the history, and the science. In my humble opinion, harnessing flow states are is one of the most effective ways to optimize your life and get kick ass results.
William Finnegan, 2016
I read a lot of non-fiction, I mean a lot. However, from time to time a straight up autobiographic novel hits the spot. This book is so well written it’s scary, and the story - evokes total envy and nostalgia factor. Definitely can see why it snagged a Pulitzer Prize.
The chuting gallery
Andrew McLean, 1998
The definitive guide to skiing couloirs in the Wasatch. I’ve ticked off a hand full of these, and would love to complete the book at some point - just don't spend as much time in SLC as I used to - but still, no fucking excuses!
Start with why
simon sinek, 2011
I can credit this book for helping me discover what the hell it is that I want to do with my life. Sinek’s Golden Circle and Start With Why model is so profound on so many levels. If you find yourself stuck on not knowing where to start or what you’re interested in, read this book!
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rolf potts, 2002
So far, I’ve only thumbed through this book on occasion. I’d like to try and dedicate the time it deserves in the near future because it comes very highly recommended.
The subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Mark Manson, 2016
I absolutely love this book. It’s probably the most refreshing read I’ve picked up in a long time, mostly because Mark has such a unique perspective on things and is completely unapologetic for it - fuck yeah.
A Guide to the Good Life
William Irving, 2008
This is one of my go-to’s in the early morning hours right after my mediation practice. It’s all about Stoicism, and Irving does a great job of translating the ancient philosophy into modern applications.
The War of Art
Steve Pressfield, 2002
One of my all-time favorite books EVER. Seriously, my marked-up version of this book is a prize possession that I cherish like almost nothing else. I got so much out of this book, mostly because it is so well written and formatted in these small digestible nuggets that you’ll want to put its content on post-its all over your house.
Growth Hacker Marketing
Ryan Holiday, 2013
Pretty much everything you need to know about guerrilla marketing. Great read for those with a cheap marketing budget or looking for quick and easy ways to reach your audience.
Ryan Holiday, 2017
Honestly, I haven’t made much progress on this book - but I’ve read enough that I know it has a lot of value. I’ll get to it, the list is just soooo long;-)
Robert Cialdini, 1984
Classic. Probably the best book out there for learning about the psychology of selling. For those new to the game, you really should be starting with a basic understanding of psychology and what motivates/persuades human beings.
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, 2013
Great read from the boys at Basecamp. The book is broken into small, digestible chunks and has lots of insight on how to think differently about what’s important when running a business.
The Quarter-Life Breakthrough
Smiley Poswolsky, 2014
Great read from a friend of mine about how to take a leap from not knowing what you want or how to get it to defining a road map to find meaningful work. Especially targeted towards millennial populations.
Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill, 1937
Another absolute classic. Look when this book was written! Yet it truly stands the test of time and people still cite it as one of the best reads for thinking and acting on building the life and career of your dreams. I loved this book and I’m glad I ran into early in my journey because it was foundational.
How Children Succeed
Paul Tough, 2012
Kind of a random topic, but I breezed through this book because I found the whole attachment theory concept so fascinating. If you’re interested in how we are set up to succeed or fail (which is fixable) at such an early age, this book is fantastic.